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Alan Curtis & Il Complesso Barocco - Conti: David (2007)

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Alan Curtis & Il Complesso Barocco - Conti: David (2007)
Artist: Alan Curtis & Il Complesso Barocco
Title Of Album: Conti: David
Year Of Release: 2007
Label: Virgin Classics
Country: US
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (*image + .cue, log, scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 01:02:47
Full Size: 770 MB

• David tells the story of David and Saul, covering very much the same ground as Handel’s magnificent Saul written fifteen years later. The tenor role of Saul in Conti’s work was taken by Francesco Borosini, who later sang for Handel in London and Alan Curtis speculates that Borosini may have shown the libretto to Handel. Certainly Handel, like Conti, includes the scene where David tries to calm Saul’s rage with a harp (in both works, David’s harp is represented by a theorbo), and Saul’s subsequent attempt to kill David with his javelin. Such comparisons were also made in Handel’s day.

• David is a great find - an exceptionally inventive dramatic oratorio, its action carried vigorously along in powerful and highly original recitative. Jonathan (sung by Birgit Christensen) begs Saul to accept David in an aria brimming with musical ideas... Christensen... has a most alluring and versatile voice, equally at home in fast coloratura as in the purest of motionless sustained high notes in her highly-charged outburst pleading either for David's life or her martyrdom with him. Furio Zanasi as Saul is outstanding. He's powerfully characterised and vocally magnificent, thrilling but controlled in his ferocious anger... sound quality is excellent - spacious and with thoughtful placing of characters across the spectrum. Quite simply, a revelation. — BBC Music Magazine, August 2007

Marijana Mijanovic (contralto)
Simone Kermes (soprano)
Sonia Prina (contralto)
Birgit Christensen (soprano)
Furio Zanasi (baritone)
Vito Priante (baritone)

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